The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
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Thursday, July 23 (7:30 p.m.)
THE SOUTHERN STAR (Columbia, 1969)
In French West Africa in 1912, a business entrepreneur pays a penniless American geologist and several other experts and fortune hunters to uncover a large diamond, known as the southern star. The geologist, along with his companion, finds the diamond and takes it back to the businessman. When both the diamond and the companion disappear, a search is begun to retrieve the valuable stone. George Segal, Ursula Andress and Orson Welles star in this British-French comedy crime adventure based on the novel “The Vanished Diamond” by Jules Verne.
Color, 104 min.
Friday, July 24 (7:30 p.m.)
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (New Line Cinema, 2012)
When “Journey to the Center” of the Earth 3D (2008) proved a hit, the producers decided to follow the formula by again using 3D, along with the first movie’s fresh approach to Verne that combined pastiche with adaptation. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012) merged Verne’s titular novel, with Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, and one recently translated for the first time, The Golden Volcano, and a homage to Ray Harryhausen’s memorable 1961 film of Mysterious Island. Journey 2 is clearly the creation of Verne aficionados, noting Captain Nemo’s Hindu heritage, and includes such screen firsts as the discovery of his Nemo’s tomb—and an ending that will surprise and delight any enthusiast of the author. The film was directed by Brad Peyton and stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michael Caine and Vanessa Hudgens. This screening will be in 2D.
Color, 94 minutes.
Saturday, July 25 (2:00 p.m.)
IN SEARCH OF THE CASTAWAYS (Disney/Buena Vista, 1962)
In this fantasy adventure tale set in 19th century England, French scientist Professor Paganel (Maurice Chevalier) finds a floating bottle containing a note which he believes to have been written by the missing sea Captain Grant. The Professor and the Captain’s children Mary (Haley Mills) and Robert (Keith Hamshere) embark on a dangerous quest to find their father who vanished years before, somewhere along the Chilean coast. The film was directed by Robert Stevenson from a screenplay by Lowell S. Hawley based upon Jules Verne's 1868 adventure novel “Captain Grant's Children.”
Color, 98 min.
Thursday, July 30 (7:30 p.m.)
CLASSIC JAZZ FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ARCHIVES (1940s-1980s)
An evening of rarely seen performances by such legendary jazz musicians and singers as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gilliespie, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and many more will be presented on the big screen at the Packard Campus Theater. Curated and preserved by Library of Congress video preservation specialists Bill Rush and John Grandin, the program will include Soundies (musical numbers shot on 16mm and shown on coin-operated film jukeboxes in the 1940s), Snader Telescriptions (musical numbers produced for television in the early 1950s and used as fillers), and selections from local, network and public television programs - many not seen since the original broadcast.
Color and black & white, approximately 120 min.
Friday, July 31 (7:30 p.m.)
THE NEW KLONDIKE (Paramount, 1926)
Based upon a short story by Ring Lardner and inspired by both the national baseball craze and the Florida land boom speculation of 1925, this silent romantic comedy directed by Lewis Milestone was Ben Hecht's first film assignment. Partly shot on location in Miami, the story concerns small-town pitcher Thomas Kelly (Thomas Meighan) who is sent to spring training with a minor league baseball team in Florida, but is fired by its jealous manager. Kelly is then persuaded to be the celebrity endorser for a Florida real estate firm, and his former teammates invest money in the firm through him. The resentful team manager conspires with a crooked broker to sell Kelly and the investors some worthless swampland. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Andrew Simpson.
Black & white, 80 min.
Saturday, August 1 (2 p.m.)
THE GREAT RACE (Warner Bros., 1965)
Director Blake Edwards' tribute to silent slapstick comedies and serials features a dashing hero (Tony Curtis as The Great Leslie) and a dastardly villain (Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate) competing in a 1908 road race that starts in New York City and goes west across three continents to end at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Natalie Wood co-stars as Maggie DuBois, an early feminist who sets out to cover the race and ends up bouncing between the attentions the Great Leslie of and the clutches of the evil Professor Fate. This high-budget comedy features thrilling stunts, custom cars, a massive pie fight and location scenes filmed in Death Valley National Park, Lone Pine, Salzburg, Vienna, and Paris. The Great Race won an Academy Award for Best Sound Effects and was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Song, "The Sweetheart Tree," with music written by Henry Mancini.
Color, 160 min.
Saturday, August 1 (7:30 p.m.)
FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS (Kalem, 1912)
Shot in Egypt and Palestine, often in Biblical locations, the story of Jesus' life is told in ten chapters, with scenes staged as tableaus. Cinematographer George Hollister experimented with wide panning shots as well as innovative camera angles seldom used at this point in cinema's evolution. Actress Gene Gauntier, who portrays the Virgin Mary, wrote the script – though most inter-titles are direct quotes from the Bible. Directed Sidney Olcott, the film was released at five reels at a time when three reels were considered extravagant. The film was selected for the National Film Registry in 1998. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Andrew Earle Simpson.
Black & white, 60 min.
Thursday, August 6 (7:30 p.m.)
THE GREAT ESCAPE (United Artists, 1963)
Based on Paul Brickhill's 1950 best-selling first-hand account, “The Great Escape” tells the true story of one of the largest mass POW escapes during World War II. Director John Sturges assembled a first rate cast including American actors Steve McQueen, James Garner, James Coburn and Charles Bronson, and a number of British actors such as Richard Attenborough, Donald Pleasence, David McCallum and John Leyton. Sturges never wavered from his initial intention of making a true ensemble piece in which each character, each cog in the intricate escape machine, functions equally. Shot on location in Bavaria, Germany, it was selected by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 1963.
Color, 172 min.
Friday, August 7 (7:30 p.m.)
CAPTAIN LIGHTFOOT (Universal, 1955)
This fourth of eight collaborations between director Douglas Sirk and actor Rock Hudson is a tongue-in-cheek swashbuckler beautifully filmed in CinemaScope on location in Ireland. The screenplay by W. R. Burnett based on his 1954 novel tells the story of Michael Martin, a naive and impetuous young would-be rebel in 1815 Ireland who turns to robbery for funds to support the cause against England. Forced into hiding, he crosses paths with the renowned rebel leader Captain Thunderbolt (Jeff Morrow), who takes Martin under his wing and makes him his second-in-command. Barbara Rush and Kathleen Ryan are also featured in the cast.
Color, 92 min.
Saturday, August 8 (7:30 p.m.)
AN EVENING OF OLD-TIME RADIO” WITH THE METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON OLD-TIME RADIO CLUB
Club members will re-create two 1949 broadcasts: the very first episode of “Dragnet,” and an episode of “My Favorite Husband,” the Lucille Ball radio sitcom that foreshadowed TV’s “I Love Lucy,” and also demonstrate how various sound effects are reproduced. Founded in 1984, the Metropolitan Washington Old-Time Radio Club honors, collects and preserves information on all forms of vintage radio, meeting each month in Northern Virginia. Members have hosted OTR panel discussions and made presentations at the Smithsonian Institute, NOVA College, The National Air and Space Museum, The Newseum and for numerous senior citizens’ groups and retirement homes. Most recently, the club performed at The Lisner Auditorium in a tribute to WAMU-FM’s “Big Broadcast” and its host, Ed Walker.
Live, approximately 120 min.
Thursday, August 13 (7:30 p.m.)
KHARTOUM (United Artists, 1966)
When the fanatical Sudanese leader Muhammad Ahmad (Laurence Olivier) massacres a British-led force of 8,000 and marches on the strategic city of Khartoum, British Prime Minister Gladstone (Ralph Richardson) assigns as the enigmatic General Sir Charles "Chinese" Gordon (Charlton Heston) to lead the defense of the Sudanese garrison against the Muslim rebellion. This historical epic was filmed by cinematographer Ted Scaife in Technicolor and Ultra Panavision 70 in Egypt. Directed by Basil Dearden, the realistic battle sequences were choreographed by famed stuntman and action director Yakima Canutt who revealed in his autobiography that "there were no injuries to a single horse in our work.”
Color, 128 min.
Friday, August 14 (7:30 p.m.)
THE VIKINGS (United Artists, 1958)
Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis star as mortal enemies Einar, a great warrior, and Eric, an ex-slave. Both are sons of Viking leader Ragnar (Ernest Borgnine), though neither knows the true identity of the other. When the throne of Northumbria in Britain becomes free for the taking, the two brothers compete against one another for the prize and for a beautiful captured English princess, played by Janet Leigh. Directed by Richard Fleischer, the film is known for its extravagant budget caused by constant weather delays, the leasing of an entire Norwegian fjord, the construction of a full-scale Viking village, and the production of a fleet of authentic longships copied from reproductions in museums. Wonderful use of the natural locations in Norway was captured on film by renowned cinematographer Jack Cardiff.
Color, 116 min.
Saturday, August 15 (7:30 p.m.)
EXODUS (United Artists, 1960)
Otto Preminger produced and directed this epic about the birth of Israel after World War II. Paul Newman stars as Ari Ben Canaan, an Israeli resistance leader who helps a group of 600 Jewish immigrants escape British-blocked Cypress for Palestine. Filmed on location, it was adapted from the 1958 historical novel Exodus by Leon Uris, which was inspired by voyages of the 1947 immigration ship Exodus. Composer Ernest Gold won the Academy Award for Best Original Score and the film was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Sal Mineo) and for Best Cinematography (Sam Leavitt). Also featured in the cast are Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson and Peter Lawford.
Color, 208 min.
Thursday, August 20 (7:30 p.m.)
THE PINK PANTHER (United Artists, 1963)
This comic masterpiece by Blake Edwards introduced both the animated Pink Panther character in the film's opening and closing credit sequences, and actor Peter Sellers in his most renowned comic role as the inept Inspector Clouseau. The influence of the great comics of the silent era on Edwards and Sellers is apparent throughout the film, which is recognized for its enduring popularity. Henry Mancini’s score was nominated for an Academy Award and the soundtrack album was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2001. Shot in the Alps in Northern Italy as well as Rome and Paris by Cinematographer Philip Lathrop, the film was added to the National Film Registry in 2010.
Color, 115 min.
Friday, August 21 (7:30 p.m.)
I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE (20th Century Fox, 1949)
Cary Grant stars as French officer Henri Rochard, who is paired with a WAC lieutenant (Ann Sheridan) for duties in post-WWII Europe. Although at first at odds, the two soon fall in love and decide to marry - only to discover that the only way to get Rochard back to the US is via the War Brides Act (there being no provision for war grooms). Hawks advised Grant on how to play his character in drag: "just act like a man in woman's clothes." The ruse worked well - audiences flocked to see it and Grant called the film "the best comedy I've ever done." Director Howard Hawks shot the exterior scenes on location in Heidelberg, Germany with interiors in London. Surprisingly, the film was based on a true story.
Black & white,105 min.
Saturday, August 22 (2 p.m.)
THE SUNDOWNERS (Warner Bros., 1960)
Fred Zinnemann directed this adaptation of Jon Cleary's 1952 novel about a family of nomadic sheepherders in the Australian Outback. Studio head Jack Warner approved the project with the understanding that it would be made inexpensively in Arizona, but the director persuaded him that the actual location would make for a better film - and bigger box office. Starring Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Michael Anderson, Jr., Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns and Dina Merrill, it was one of the first Hollywood films shot on location in Australia, where temperatures often soared to 108 degrees. The film received critical acclaim and was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Deborah Kerr.
Color, 133 min.
Saturday, August 22 (7:30 p.m.)
THE TRAIN (United Artists, 1964)
In this fictionalized account based on actual events, ruthless Nazi Colonel Von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) arranges to move a stolen cache of priceless art treasures from Paris before the Allies retake the city. He commandeers a train to Germany, which rallies Resistance fighters, led by an initially reluctant Burt Lancaster, to somehow stop him without destroying the legacy he’s trying to confiscate. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the film was shot in black and white and almost entirely on location in France. New York Times critic Bosley Crowthers called it “realistic and intensely engrossing” and praised the film for its action and hair-trigger suspense. “The Train” was Oscar nominated for best writing and was named as one of the top ten films of the year by the National Board of Review.
Black & white, 133 min.
Thursday, August 27 (7:30 p.m.)
HATARI! (Paramount, 1962)
John Wayne stars as Sean Mercer, a macho game hunter who, along with his crew, is engaged in the exciting but dangerous business of catching wild animals for delivery to zoos around the world. Howard Hawks directed this adventure tale shot on location in the wilds of Tanganyika (in what is now Tanzania). According to Hawks, all of the animal captures in the picture were actually performed by the actors; no stuntmen or animal handlers were substituted on-screen. Like many other major films of Hawks, the film is more about the relationships among the characters than plot. Featured in the cast are Bruce Cabot, Red Buttons, Hardy Kruger and Elsa Martinelli. Russell Harlan’s cinematography received an Oscar nomination and Henry Mancini’s catchy “Baby Elephant Walk,” written for a scene in the film, became one of the composer’s most popular works.
Color, 157 min.
Friday, August 28 (7:30 p.m.)
THE LONGEST DAY (20th Century Fox, 1962)
Darryl F. Zanuck produced this epic telling of the D-Day landings at Normandy that took place on June 6, 1944. Based on the 1959 book “The Longest Day” by Cornelius Ryan, it was filmed in the style of a docudrama, and chronicles most of the important events surrounding D-Day. Shot at several French locations, The Longest Day had three directors, Ken Annakin for British and French exteriors, Andrew Marton for American exteriors, and Bernhard Wicki for German scenes. Studio publicity boasted “42 international stars” in the ensemble cast. They included major stars such as Robert Mitchum, John Wayne, Richard Burton, Sean Connery and Henry Fonda, along with popular teen idols like Paul Anka, Tommy Sands, and Fabian thrown into the mix to attract the younger viewers. The film employed several Axis and Allied military consultants who had been actual participants on D-Day. It garnered five Oscar nominations, winning two - for Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects.
Color, 178 min.
Saturday, August 29 (7:30 p.m.)
VENUS OF THE SOUTH SEAS (Davis Distributing Division, 1924)
Born in Sydney Australia in 1886, Annette Kellerman was one of the most famous women of her day. A professional swimmer, vaudeville star, writer and designer of a line of women’s swimwear, she made a series of Hollywood films where she played roles in fanciful stories about sea heroines and mermaids. Shot on location in Nelson, New Zealand “Venus of the South Seas” tells the story of the daughter of a South Seas pearl businessman who falls in love with a wealthy traveler. The only feature film starring Kellerman known to exist in its complete form, it was directed by Kellerman’s husband and manager James Sullivan and was the last film made using the two-color Prizma color system. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.
Black & white, 55 min.
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